Obituaries

Who From Their Labors Rest

Dorothy Miller died on September 10, 2021. She joined Trinity after her marriage to Curtis Miller in 1952. Curt preceded her in death. She is survived by her children Pastor Tim Miller, Stanley Miller, Brenda Miller Reid, and Debbie Miller Coroba. Dorothy was always active and involved at Trinity serving on multiple committees.

Iretta Lola (Lilje) Gast, 91, of Sandusky, passed away early Wednesday morning, Aug. 25, 2021, at Orchard Villa nursing home, in Oregon, Ohio, after an illness.

 

Margaret D.(Galloway) Lieb, 92, passed away April 28, 2020. She was born June 27,1927 in Sandusky,OH to the late Charles H. Galloway and Lena (Young) Sengstock. She wa preceded in death by her husband Alton “Corky” Lieb. Margaret was a lifelong, active member at Trinity. After her retirement, at the age of 60, she became Trinity’s church secretary. Margaret is survived by her daughter, Cindy Bolton of Fulda, MN; son, Gary (Bonnie) Lieb of Sandusky;and several grandchildren.

Robert Sessler, age 90, of Sandusky, died June 27, 2019 at the Providence Care Center. He was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Sandusky, and was a 1947 graduate of Margaretta High School. He was a retired farmer. He was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He played on the dartball team and served as an usher and on church council. Bob is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Taylor, to whom he was married for 68 years; 3 daughters Susan “Mike” Cullen of Castalia, Sally “David” Warner of Vickery, and Peggy “Tom” Kingsborough of Huron; 3 sons Dennis “Barb” Sessler of Sandusky, Michael Sessler of Marblehead, and Rev. Scott “Karen” Sessler of Livonia, MI; 18 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren.

Mary Ann (Brunow) Wobser, 86, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in The Meadows at Osborn Park under the care of Heartland Hospice. She was born March 13, 1933 in Sandusky to Carl and Susie Brunow. On May 15, 1954, she married the love of her life, Fred Wobser, and together they raised three children Amy Lee, James Frederick, and Kevin Charles. Mary was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a longtime member of the church choir. Mary taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, belonged to the Women’s Group, and served on the Altar Committee.

Ocie Collins, 88, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019. She was born in Maytown, Kentucky, on September 20, 1930, to Lonnie and Poppie (Shepherd) Laferty. She was one of 14 children. On September 20, 1947 she married George Collins, and together they raised 3 children; Carl Eugene, Wilma Fay, and George Edward. Ocie was a long time member of Trinity. She was always willing to serve on the Bereavement Committee making her delicious pies or serving one of her famous desserts.

Wayne Oliver Wiedenheft , 72, Sandusky, died unexpectedly, March 11, 2019, in his residence. He was born May 7, 1946 to Carlos and Mildred (Opel) Wiedenheft, He worked for NASA Plum Brook and Davis-Besse. Wayne was a member of the Sandusky Charter Boat Association. He is survived by his sister, Mary Anne Wiedenheft; brother, Charles Wiedenheft; former wife, Kaiya Tway; three sons, Dan, Scott, and Ryan Fall; grandson, Marshall Fall; and many cousins and their families. Wayne played on the church dartball team and was instrumental in the founding and the success of the Trinity Softball Team, as witnessed by the numerous trophies and pictures on display in the church showcase.

Mary E. (Francis) Heminger, 90, of Sandusky, passed away June 19, 2018.
She was born on July 22, 1927.  She is survived by five daughters, Marian (Terry) Klepper, Barbara Wobser , Jan (Thomas) Jenkins, Kathy (Charles) Bango , and Beth (John) Ashby. Mary was preceded in death by  her husband  of 57 years, Robert H. “Bob: Heminger, on April 17, 2006; and a son-in-law, Jerry Wobser (2014).

Amanda Elizabeth Ashby, age 18, of Hazel Green, Alabama passed away June 23, 2018. Amanda is survived by her parents John and Beth Ashby and brother Adam Ashby. While living in Ohio Amanda attended Trinity with her large loving extended family.

Byron “Barney” W. Oldham, 92, died May 22, 2018. He was born Jan. 25, 1926, at Fairmont, Nebraska. In 1945, Byron married Marcia Jean Hoffman. In 1947, their only child, William Byron, was born. Barney served with the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre and later began his lifetime occupation as an engineer with the Atomic Energy Commission at Los Alamos, N.M. He also worked as an engineer at a nuclear power plant, and later was an engineer with the City of Nebraska City. The desire to be near their son and his family prompted a final move to Sandusky, in 2001. However, his son William passed away in 2005, and Marcia passed in 2012. Byron was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church always attending late service.. “Barney” is survived by his daughter-in-law, Victoria Oldham; and two granddaughters. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky, Ohio.

Evelyn Zeller died January 19, 2017.  She was born March 3, 1920, in Huron, Ohio. She was very active in many groups within the church. She was a member of the Women of the Church, President of the Bible Study Club, taught Sunday School, and was on the Bereavement Committee. Evelyn used her talents to make table decorations for the fellowship hall. She also decorated the church at Christmas for many years. She is survived by her daughter Marlene (Richard) Long, two sons Louis (Jean) Zeller Jr. and Douglas (Vanessa) Zeller Sr.; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Donald Henry Seedorf, 65, of Hamler, Ohio passed away on January 16, 2017 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. He is survived by his children, Jill (Matt) Conner, Castalia, Ohio; Steven (Mandi) Seedorf, Deshler; Christopher Seedorf (Ashley Mangas), Deshler, and grandchildren, Eli; Claire; Giavonne. When Don lived in the area, he faithfully attended Trinity. He made several scroll wood carvings as gifts for church members and several of his pieces decorate our church offices and fellowship hall.

Junior “Bud” Gast 90, of Sandusky, formerly of Castalia, passed away unexpectedly early Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2016, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus, Sandusky. He was a veteran, having served honorably in the U.S. Army. He loved to go out fishing. He was a relief man at the Sandusky Ford Motor Company for over 25 years before retiring in 1988. Junior was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the U.A.W. Local No. 1216, American Legion Post 83 and AMVETS Post 17. Bud leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Iretta (Lilje) Gast and three sons, Dale, Glenn, and Duane.

Louise Birkhold 76, died August 9, 2016. A former music teacher at Huron City Schools, Louise always put others first. She frequently send church members greeting cards and always had a friend or relative to add to Sunday’s prayer list. At Trinity, she was a past member of the church choir. She also served as a Sunday lector and was an active member of the Adopt-a-School Mission team. Louise leaves behind her brother Jon, of Glenmont, and several extended family members.

Ruth Ann (Oetzel) Hasse, 77, died Thursday, May 12, 2016 in Mansfield, TX. Ruth became part of the Trinity family when she moved to the Commons of Providence. She was an active member of Trinity and sang in the church choir. She leaves her son, Eric; and daughter, Gretchen; her sisters, Polly, Kay, and Caroline; her grandchildren, Jessica and Larissa; and her great-grandchildren, Casey, Tytus, Eli, Julion, and Savannah.

Thomas Albert Driscoll, age 68, of Sandusky, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 7, 2016. Tom will be greatly missed by his friends at Trinity, his wife Judy (Miller) Driscoll and his children, Brian Driscoll of Sandusky, and Meredith Driscoll (Dan Dietrich), of Arlington, Va.

Ruth M. Heishman, 92, of Crystal Rock, died Monday, June 29, 2015, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, following a lengthy illness. Ruth was one of the last Tuesday morning quilters at Trinity. Over the years, she made hundreds of quilts for Lutheran World Relief. In addition to Trinity’s sewing circle, she enjoyed cooking and gardening.

Carl Devon Densmore, Senior Master Sergeant, USAF, Ret., 86, of Clyde, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday morning, March 30, 2015. Carl was a friend of the Trinity congregation. He was married to member Orpha (Pritchard) Densmore for 64 years.

Patricia Gale Friedberg, 67, of Sandusky, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Stein Hospice Care Center. Gale was a long time friend of the Trinity congregation. She resided with church secretary and organist, Jean Holbrook, and when able attended many of Trinity’s events and services.

Jerald R. “Jerry” Wobser, age 74, of Bay View, died Sunday morning, October 19, 2014, at his residence following a brief illness. He played on Trinity’s softball and dart ball teams. He was in the U.S.. Army and retired from the City of Sandusky. Jerry loved all wildlife, and would feed the squirrels and birds everyday by his house. He enjoyed attending car shows, flea markets, and swap meets; and loved to work on cars and flower garden. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barb (Heminger) Wobser.

Berk Vassar

God’s good and faithful servant Berk Vassar passed away on August 27, 2014 in the Stein Hospice Care Center after a brief battle with cancer. Berk was an active member of Trinity. He was a long time member of Trinity’s dartball team and also helped with the Bereavement Meals Committee.

Dorothy "Caryl" Van Wy

Dorothy “Caryl” Van Wy, 80, passed away, July 26, 2014, in the Stein Hospice Care Center, after a lengthy illness. She and her late sister Pauline Wriker enjoyed their service to Trinity by preparing the funeral pall, serving on the bereavement meals committee, and working with the morning quilters.

Ruth Kleinoeder died June 25, 2014 in the Commons of Providence Memory Unit, Sandusky. Ruth was the mother of Henry (Ellene) Kleinoeder and the loving grandmother of Krista Kleinoeder Schill and Grace and Elise Kleinoeder. The sparkle in her eye was her one great-grandson, Mason Hermes. Ruth was an active, long-time member of Trinity. She served on the Altar Committee, was active in the quilting circle, Bible Study, and cooked for the Bereavement Committee. Ruth was an avid gardner and loved taking care of her family on the farm.

Kevin C. Wobser

Kevin C. Wobser, beloved son of Mary and Fred Wobser Jr., passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, in Stein Hospice Care Center after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Kevin was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a past member of the softball and dart ball teams. He also served as an usher and helped on the Habitat for Humanity Project.

Pastor Richard Poock

Son of the congregation Pastor Richard Poock died January 21, 2014 at the age of 89. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, he was a son of the late William and Dorothy Krawetski Poock. Pastor Poock, a retired Lt. Colonel in the USAF, was a Korean War Vet. He served tours as a Chaplain in the U.S., Turkey, England, the Panama Canal and Korea. He also retired as the Associate Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Aiken S.C.

John Stradtman

John Stradtman died January 9, 2014. John was a life time member of Trinity. Unfortunately, his health kept him from attending services for many years. When circumstances permitted, John attended late service with his wife Barb. John had been living near his daughter Tricia in the Statesville area.